Frogs Complete Sweep, Top Bearkats 15-2
Feb. 21, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 11 TCU Horned Frogs used a combination of timely hitting, strong pitching and solid defense to complete the sweep of Sam Houston State with a 15-2 win on Sunday. Jerome Pena connected on the Frogs' first home run of the season as part of an 18-hit barrage for TCU. TCU improves to 3-0 for the first time since the 2005 campaign.
A trio of Frogs led the way offensively as Taylor Featherston, Bryan Holaday and Josh Elander each tallied three hits. Joe Weik, Matt Curry and Pena also produced multi-hit games with two hits apiece. Elander paced the team with four RBIs and Curry scored a career-high four runs in the contest.
On the mound, Kyle Winkler (1-0) started, allowing a run on two hits in three innings. He walked four and struck out three. Tyler Lockwood tossed two innings, allowing a run on a hit with a walk and a strikeout. Walker Kelly and Kaleb Merck combined to pitch the final two innings, holding the Bearkats to just two hits.
For the second straight day, the Bearkats jumped out on top with a run on a pair of hits in the top of the first inning. Winkler stranded runners on second and third with his second punch out of the inning to limit the damage.
TCU didn't waste any time getting back in the contest as it struck for four runs on three hits in the bottom of the inning. A walk to Taylor Featherston got the Frogs rolling. Bryan Holaday followed with a single and Joe Weik tied the game at one with a base hit through the left side. Josh Elander connected on a two-out two-run single to put the Frogs on top, 3-1. An errant throw on a stolen base attempt from Elander allowed Curry to race home with the fourth run of the inning.
Sam Houston State threatened to climb back into the game as they had the bases loaded thanks to three walks issued by Winkler. The sophomore got himself out of the inning with another big to preserve the 4-1 lead.
A five-run third inning for the Frogs broke the game open as they took a 9-1 lead. The first five batters singled to open the inning and four of them scored. Holaday got things rolling and back-to-back base hits from Weik and Jason Coats loaded the bases. Curry drove in the first run of the inning and Elander followed with his second two-run single. A wild pitch brought home the fifth run of the frame.
The Bearkats picked up their second run of the game in the fourth, taking advantage of a lead-off double by Kevin Miller to make it a 9-2 game. The Frogs answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. On a double steal attempt, Curry slid home safely before Elander was tagged out to end the inning, giving the Frogs a 10-2 lead.
Another four spot in the fifth inning was highlighted by a pair of two-run home runs from Pena and Holaday. Pena's bomb to center plated Zac Jordan, who had reached with a lead-off double. Holaday's home run scored Featherston with one out and pushed the Frog lead to 14-2.
TCU tacked on its 15th and final run of the game on a solo blast from Curry to lead off the sixth inning.
The Frogs will take their 3-0 record on the road for the first time in 2010 as they head south to Waco, Texas for a meeting with Baylor. First pitch for Wednesday's contest is set for 3 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark.